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Premier League

  • 2 April 2011
  • • 15:00
  • • Britannia Stadium, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
  • Referee: P. Walton
  • • Attendance: 27508

Stoke City - Chelsea Preview: Blues look to stretch run at top of Premier League form table

Stoke City - Chelsea Preview: Blues look to stretch run at top of Premier League form table

Tony Pulis's men are just five points outside the relegation places but have won four out of their last six matches at the Britannia Stadium

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Stoke City: Begovic; Wilson, Shawcross, Huth, Higginbotham; Pennant, Whelan, Delap, Etherington; Walters, Jones.

Chelsea: Cech; Ivanovic, David Luiz, Terry, Cole; Ramires, Essien, Lampard, Malouda; Torres, Drogba.

  • In 84 matches in all competitions, Chelsea have won 38, Stoke have won 27 and 19 games have been drawn.
  • If all matches ended at half-time, Stoke would be in 19th place in the Premier League table on just 24 points.
  • Chelsea's 13 clean sheets in the league puts them in joint first place with Manchester City, but the London outfit have played one game less.
  • Stoke have averaged 1.20 goals scored per game in the top flight compared to Chelsea's average of 1.83.
  • Big money January signing Fernando Torres is yet to score for his new club in seven appearances in all competitions.
  • Stoke's Britannia Stadium has a fearsome reputation but Chelsea's 22-point haul on the road is the second best in the league.
  • The combined score of the last three meetings between the club's is Chelsea 11-0 Stoke.
  • Stoke have not beaten Chelsea at home since their 3-0 victory in the old Division One on April 5 1975.
  • Since Nicolas Anelka's injury time strike against Sunderland on February 1, neither the Frenchman, Didier Drogba and Torres have scored in the league.
  • Stoke's 4-0 victory against Newcastle United last time out was their biggest ever Premier League win.

August 28, 2010: Chelsea 2-0 Stoke City

Goals from Florent Malouda and Drogba continued Chelsea's perfect start to the season and cemented their place at the top of the fledgling table.

Players to watch

A. Begović

Position: Goalkeeper

Games: 22

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When a team face Chelsea their goalkeeper can expect a busy 90 minutes and the 23-year-old former Portsmouth man will likely be called upon throughout.

The Bosnia international came close to joining Saturday's visitors in the past and will be out to impress his suitors again. He will want no repeat of his gaffe against West Ham United if he is to continue to catch manager Carlo Ancelotti's eye.

F. Malouda

Position: Midfielder

Games: 0

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Fernando Torres's travails have been well documented but he isn't the only member of the Chelsea squad to under-perform recently.

After he scored eight top flight goals before the New Year, Florent Malouda has added just one more since. With the Blues' strike force shot shy themselves, the France international must start to contribute again to keep up the push up the table.

Editor's Prediction

After a few difficult months, Chelsea have emerged as a force at the top of the table once more. Not even Stoke's demolition job on Newcastle will stop Ancelotti's men from leaving the Britannia victorious.

Last Five Matches

Head To Head

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